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Funding & Awards

NOTE:  If you are applying for admission to graduate studies in Psychology for Fall 2017, you are strongly advised to submit applications for scholarships. Note carefully the descriptions, eligibility, and deadlines for each. If you have questions regarding which scholarships to apply for and/or how to apply, please contact the coordinator for the Psychology graduate program at your home university.

Financial support for those admitted to graduate studies in the Department of Psychology depends on whether the student received an external scholarship from one of the following:

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC),
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC),
  • Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR),
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) ), including the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science & Technology (QEII-GSST).

NOTE:  For NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR scholarships, you submit applications through a central portal, within which you may specify up to 5 institutions to which you are applying, which then will be sent your completed application. In contrast, for OGS scholarships, you yourself must submit a copy of your completed OGS application directly to each institution that you are applying to. For Psychology graduate studies at the University of Waterloo, send your completed OGS application to gradpsyc@uwaterloo.ca

With no external funding

Those admitted who did not receive one of the external scholarships (or did not apply for them), but have a first-class (minimum of 80%) cumulative average over the last two full-time academic years, will typically receive the following minimum financial support packages, made up of a combination of support from the Department of Psychology and the University. 

If admitted to the Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Applied Science (MASc) program

  • Guaranteed funding of $15,000 annually, an amount that includes two full teaching assistant positions (annually) in the Department of Psychology.
  • The duration of this guaranteed funding is:
    • one year for the MASc in Developmental and Communication Science (DCS),
    • two years for the MASc in Industrial/Organizational (I/O),
    • two years for all those admitted to the Master of Arts.
  • Note that certain program areas or individual faculty members may provide guaranteed funding for students that exceeds this minimum.

See the additional notes.

If admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology program

  • Guaranteed funding of $22,647 annually, an amount that includes two full teaching assistant positions (annually) in the Department of Psychology.
  • The duration of this funding is 4 years.
  • Note that certain program areas or individual faculty members may provide guaranteed funding for students that exceeds this minimum.

See the additional notes.

With external funding

Those admitted who have been awarded one of the external scholarships listed above will receive the following additional financial support package from the University of Waterloo.

If admitted to the Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Applied Science (MASc) program

  • A President's Graduate Scholarship and one full teaching assistant position, for a combined amount of $10,000.
  • Thus, depending on which external award was received, financial support would likely be at least $25,000 per year.
  • This funding package would continue into a second academic year, if the external scholarship is still held (and presuming a two-year program of studies).

See the additional notes.

If admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology program with a doctoral-level tri-agency scholarship:

i.e., a CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral (CGS-D), an NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship Doctoral (PGS-D), an SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (SSHRC Doc), or a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

  • For the first academic year, a President's Graduate Scholarship and one full teaching assistant position, for a combined amount of $15,000.
  • Thus, for the first academic year, depending on which external award was received, financial support would likely be at least $30,000 annually.
  • In subsequent years in which the external scholarship is held, additional financial support from the President’s Graduate Scholarship and one full teaching position would amount to a combined total of $10,000 annually. Thus, depending on which external award is received, financial support would likely be at least $25,000.

See the additional notes.

If admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the Psychology program with a CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s (CGS-M), or an OGS or QEII-GSST:

  • A President's Graduate Scholarship and one full teaching assistant position, for a combined amount of $10,000.
  • Thus, depending on which external award was received, financial support would likely be at least $25,000 per year.
  • This funding package would continue into subsequent academic years, as long as the external scholarship is held.

See the additional notes.

Additional notes

  1. All graduate students are also eligible to receive further financial support to present their research at scientific conferences (see Research Travel Assistantships).
  2. All the financial support packages are contingent upon all of the following:
    • maintaining continuous full-time registration in the program,
    • maintaining a cumulative grade average of at least 80% in courses,
    • meeting the academic requirements in a timely manner,
    • actively seeking external funding, and
    • fulfilling teaching and/or research assistantship duties satisfactorily.
  3. The full-time cost of tuition for one year at the University of Waterloo for Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents will be approximately $8,682 for 2017. The cost of living is relatively low in the Waterloo region, with typical housing costs around $8,820 annually, based on a single student in the university’s graduate housing

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Last updated: Oct 5, 2016

Quick links for future graduate students - Department of Psychology

Associate Chair of Graduate Studies (Elizabeth Nilsen)

For information regarding the graduate program email: gradpsyc@uwaterloo.ca

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